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Large Aquatic Salamanders (Hellbenders/Cryptobranchids, Necturus, Siren, etc.) This topic covers Cryptobranchids like the hellbender and Asian giant salamanders, as well as sirens, mud puppies, and amphiumas.

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Old 1st December 2010   #1
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Today I witnessed tail fanning and body fanning. I just thought it was aggression or territorial statements. I came back an hour later and there it was! A big 1 inch high spermatophore from base to tip. I did notice since the temps in my basement has gotten cold that mudpuppy has gotten a swollen cloaca with a slight redness. Its 47 degrees F in my basement right now. The N. maculosus in 1st two pictures is 14 inches with a decent sized head. Thats the biggest spermatophore I've ever seen.
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That's interesting.

Was the tail fanning just like a Triturus or something? As if he is wafting pheromones?

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This is a post where I would have a 'liked' function. Great news, Looking forward to updates



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It has one, Julia! I clicked it for you.



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That's interesting.

Was the tail fanning just like a Triturus or something? As if he is wafting pheromones?

Mike
It wasn't completely like Triturus. The male stayed completely grounded and didn't stand on its legs. The behavior was more like Psuedotriton. A lot of the behavior took place under rocks which is very logical because females lay eggs on the underside of rocks. The behavior its self is pretty intense. I have a coupe big stones in the tank and the male definitely rearranged some of the heavier stones with his body movements. As far as pheromones, I'm sure he was dispersing his fair share.



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